It starts with the win of a championship, which becomes the tale of an incredible college football season, that capped off an enormous fairy tale ending with a 49-31 win for the #9 University of Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium Friday night against the UCLA Bruins.
The nationally televised game on FOX drew a standing and sellout crowd in Eugene as frigid temperature hovered into the mid 30s and lower toward the end of the game. Chip Kelly took his flock of Ducks from rough start early in the season to a an incredible finish in the schools history for a third time is charm to rebirth to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in Ducks first ever Pac-12 Championship win over the Bruins.
The Ducks three-peat to the Rose Bowl, began it’s fabled historical march after two meetings in Pasadena in the 20th century and for the first time in the 21st century, the school becomes the only college in the United States to make three trips to the city of Roses and the Rose Bowl on New Years Day.
The Rose Bowl has been known as the crown jewel of national championships in the history of College sports, such as the Super Bowl is known as the golden crown of professional football. Rather, you’re a college or professional sports fan, the 2012 Rose Bowl is shaping up to be in exciting football game on New Years Days as for the opponent, we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the match up Bowl Championship Series continues among the nations colleges still in the running for bids to national championship games in the coming weeks.
With President Lariviere on the mend to leave the University at the end of the year, due do his contract dispute with the Oregon Board of Higher Education, the board effectively terminated his contract, which was set to expire in June of 2012, he’s reportedly leaving the University of Oregon at the end of the school year, I’m betting he’ll leave after the Rose Bowl and once again bring the Oregon Ducks to another winning season as the school’s fairy tale ending and incredible season caps off another successful season in NCCA sports and the Pac-12 innaugural first season.
Lariviere’s legacy leaves the University in limbo as a popular school president that the staff, faculty, students and the communities of Eugene-Springfield have admired for his generosity – His termination has triggered so much anger, that he has built and brought in more students than any other president in the school’s history along with new student housing, a new basketball arena, renowned football stadium and athletic facilities for fledging sports program and more.
The state board of higher education should reverse Richard Lariviere’s termination and reconsider their decision in continuance of his contract with the University of Oregon as President. I would have to see the dispute go any further than a court battle for his job back, with mounting support from students to teachers and staff and community member and of course other state colleges – their decision terminate Lariviere was a mounted mistake on their part and influencing the Governor of Oregon to go along with their decision.
The Governor is likely to lose any re-election votes his decision has caused in support of the UO Presidents job termination, in fact he’s already lost one – mine.